Community Health Work in Haiti
Organized by: Jalen Benson
This winter, several Dartmouth students and I are heading to a village outside of Port-au-Prince in Haiti where we'll spend a month working in clinics and teaching public health seminars. Several of us have advanced medical certifications from EMT to Wilderness First Responder, others in our group have a background in education and public health. All of us are hoping to learn and grow as we engage in a meaningful cultural exchange as we help and support these communities.
We will be working with the Vermont Haiti Project who were formed in 2007 as a formal extension of Project Haiti, which for 18 years had been involved with humanitarian services in a rural Haitian mountain region north of Port-au-Prince, Haiti. (http://www.vermonthaitiproject.org/) They have been involved in vocational school education, primary school education, clean water filters, sustainable building as well as other projects. While we're there, we hope to be able to increase the local clinic's capacity by providing some extra hands and needed supplies. Additionally, we'll be teaching workshops and seminars on a range of topics: from classes on puberty for Haitian youth and talks about women's health at community gatherings, to basic first aid skills workshops for those living and working in remote areas.
You're support of this trip would be greatly appreciated! Your donations will help us 1. Get there! A small amount of money raised will go towards my plane tickets and compensating our hosts. 2. Make a difference. Most of your donations will got towards medications, teaching aides and other supplies, and your contributions will help us better serve the community. We know are college students and not doctors, so bring supplies is one of the most important and tangible ways we can help the community. You donations are going straight to buying these needed supplies. Thank you so much for your help and please feel free to contact me if you any questions or words of support!
Pictures: 1. Children practice hand hygiene as a result of the VHP biosand water filter installation and hygiene education,
2. The view en route to the mountain village of Duchity where we will spend part of our trip,
3. A Vermont Haiti Project partner and local children carrying stones to build a vocational school in Duchity,
4. Wash day in Cabaret, about 6 miles outside of Desab, where we will spend most of the rest of our trip